The Fourth of July is a treasured holiday for Americans. It’s a time to gather with family and friends to enjoy cookouts, parades, and fireworks, or to simply relax on a beach and celebrate the start of summer.
No matter how you plan to spend it, Independence Day should not pass without a salute to our veterans and to the past generations of military men and women who fought and died for the freedoms that our Founding Fathers established on July 4, 1776.
But even as we prepare to mark the coming holiday, let us not forget that many veterans face a new enemy: mesothelioma, a fatal cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.
Veterans are at a significant risk of mesothelioma due to the widespread use of asbestos-containing products in the military. Until the late 1970s, many manufacturers added asbestos to products used in the construction of military bases and U.S. Navy vessels. It was believed that asbestos with its high tensile strength and fireproofing ability was protecting our military men and women. However, nothing could be further from the truth.
Many asbestos product manufacturers knew that this toxic material posed a health risk to humans. As early as the 1930s, some asbestos companies were covering up the fact that employees were getting sick and dying from asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma.
Sadly, a full one-third of mesothelioma cases have been shown to involve Navy or shipyard exposure to asbestos. Get an overview about the links between military service, asbestos exposure, and mesothelioma with our infographic.
If you or a loved one served in any branch of the armed services, suffered asbestos exposure during your service, and now have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, there may be legal action you can pursue against the makers of the asbestos product that harmed you.
Contact Sokolove Law today to learn more about the connections between veterans and mesothelioma and to find out if a mesothelioma lawyer can help. Any mesothelioma lawsuit you pursue will not be filed against the government or the military.